Dawoud Bey ( Left ), photo by Whitten Sabbatini. Kalia Brooks (right), photo by John Dennis


Keynote Conversation: Dawoud Bey in discussion with Kalia Brooks

Thursday, May 5, 2022
6:00 – 7:00 PM
169 Henry Street, New Haven CT 06511

Event Registration:

We are honored to have Dawoud Bey in conversation with Kalia Brooks, PhD, director of programs and exhibitions at NXTHVN. Please join us for this free, in-person event. 

In his conversation at NXTHVN, MacArthur Fellow and artist Dawoud Bey will present the history based work that he has produced over the past ten years. This work looks at the Black past through a contemporary conceptual lens. From The Birmingham Project (2012), which recalls the murder of six young African Americans in Birmingham, AL in 1963, to Night Coming Tenderly, Black (2017), which reimagines the flight of Black fugitivity in Northeaster Ohio through the Underground Railroad, to his most recent Evergreen which includes photographs and a three-channel video work that revisits the sites of five plantation landscapes in Louisiana, Bey has pursued the creation of a liminal space where the Black past and present intersect through his large scale photographs and video works.

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MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey began his career as an artist in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, USA, that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide, at such institutions as the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other museums worldwide. His works are included in the permanent collections of museums throughout the United States and Europe.

 In 2020 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a major retrospective exhibition of Bey’s work that is traveling to museums in the United States, and currently at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His most recently completed photographs “In This Here Place” and a three-channel video work Evergreen, that look at the landscape of five plantations in Louisiana, was presented at Prospect.5 in New Orleans. Grand Rapids Art Museum is currently exhibiting “Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue.”

 Dawoud Bey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is currently Professor of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998. He is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.



Kalia Brooks, PhD, is the director of programs and exhibitions at NXTHVN. She is responsible for the design and delivery of curatorial exhibitions, public programs, artist projects, community engagement initiatives and the learning environment for the fellowship and apprenticeship programs. Her academic research covers art from the nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on emergent technologies and African American, trans-Atlantic and diasporic cultures of the Americas. Brooks holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). She is co editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History (Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK, 2019). She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and is currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.